Juneau January 2011

At the Juneau Airport station, the average temperature was 28.2°F, 2.5°F above normal for January. The maximum temperature for the month was 43°F on the 26th, which was also a new record for that date, the old record was 42°F set in 1986. The low for the month was 4°F on the 14th and the 15th. Precipitation was near the mean, with a total of 5.26", just 9% above normal. Snowfall, however, was below normal by 46% for the month measuring just 15.5", most of which occurred on the 19th, when a new record was set of 8.1", replacing the old record of 6.2" set in 2005. Average wind speed at Juneau Airport was 8.4 mph with a high wind gust of 48 mph on the 14th. Of note, however, is the 88 mph wind gust recorded at South Douglas Island in association with a Taku wind event on the 12th of the month. Taku winds affect the Juneau Borough area and Northern Admiralty Island Zone and it is not unusual for this type of event to generate very high winds (60 to 100 mph) along the interior passes, and through the Juneau area.